While I grieved, M spoke with me about the emotional tug of war I experienced. One side pulling me into the darkness, the other side pulling me toward the light. Here is an excerpt from Dancing Alone: Learning to Live Again:
“You ever play tug of war when you were a kid?” asked M.
“I imagine most kids did. Tug of war was even part of gym class in high school. It was something I did during basic training when I was in the Army as well. What does this have to do with our conversation?”
M raised her eyebrows and replied, “It has everything to do with our conversation. I’m not speaking only about you, Ray. I include myself and every person who grieves. Inside each of us, a tug of war is going on. One side pulls us toward the darkness, and the other side pulls us toward the light. Every day, the battle rages within us. The only thing we can do is opt to choose the side we want to help win. You can’t run from memories. You can’t run from emotional storms. You can let them tug you into the darkness, or you can let them tug you into the light. It’s always your choice.”
Have you experienced this emotional tug of war? What was it like?
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Excerpt From Dancing Alone: Learning to Live Again. Raymond Calabrese. This material is copyright protected